It’s not a question of will we have an oil leak, its a question of when we will have an oil leak. Just look at our friends to the north, who have been faced with this exact problem. On January 20, 2017, a Canadian oil pipeline leaked 200,000 liters of oil onto aboriginal land. Which comes on the heals of another leak about seven months ago, in which a pipe in Saskatchewan leaked 225,000 liters into the North Saskatchewan River and cut off the drinking water supply for two cities.
If you want something closer to home, on December 5, 2016, a pipeline spilled 176,000 gallons of crude oil roughly two and a half hours away from the basecamp of the protestors in North Dakota.
Oh, and hey, I almost forgot to mention, the pipeline might line the President’s pocket since he was (and might still be) a part investor in the project. Sigh.
The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) violates Article 2 of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty which guarantees that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe shall enjoy the “undisturbed use and occupation” of our permanent homeland, the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The U.S. Constitution states that treaties are the supreme law of the land.
Photo credit: Protesters, including military veterans and tribal elders, joined forces at the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota. Via ThinkProgress.org CREDIT: AP Photo/David Goldman
What you can do:
Sign any of the many petitions at Change.org hoping to stop the Dakota Pipeline.
Especially this one started by the children at Standing Rock.
- The Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund
- Medical supplies that go directly to support the needs of the Medic + Healer Council, including supplies, infrastructure, communications, volunteer, logistics, and more.
- Via the petition at Change.org.
Share the petition on social media.
NoDAPL.Life The main site for all news and links to petitions and ways to help.
Medic + Healer Council who coordinate medical and healer supplies, human resources, and other types of medical/healing aid between the following groups:
1. All the camps who stand with Standing Rock
2. Standing Rock Emergency Services
3. Indian Health Services
4. Standing Rock Tribal Council
5. Mni Wiconi Integrative Health Clinic
6. The greater allopathic & healer community
Pechenga.net a Native American news site.
Article by The Hill: Trump advances Keystone, Dakota Access pipelines